Right now is a bittersweet day within the digital workplaces that make up TTAC. Our personal information chief, Steph Willems, is departing for a gig in an business that’s, I assume, considerably much less ridiculous than this one (by “ridiculous”, I imply each automotive journalism particularly and automotive normally). We want him nicely.

It received’t be the identical round these elements – no speak of ‘70s bloated boat sedans, no raging towards the ridiculousness that pollutes Twitter. Far fewer Seinfeld and Simpsons references. Boo.

It’s arduous to specific what Steph means to TTAC and myself – he’s been part of the positioning since nicely earlier than I obtained employed, and his arduous work has saved this place glued collectively, particularly after I’ve been off to some shrimp-and-whiskey fueled junket someplace. Whereas everybody who was contributing right here earlier than I got here aboard (together with some former and present staff of the company mothership) lent a serving to hand as I obtained my toes moist, Steph was fairly instrumental in getting me oriented to this place. This was/is my first managing editor gig, and Steph’s steering helped immensely.

Three years later, he’s nonetheless my TTAC consigliere, and a superb sounding board to bounce concepts off of. He’s talked me out of some unhealthy ones, to make certain. And he’s rolled with company edicts, a few of which don’t appear very TTAC-like, with tact. He’s additionally punched up the copy of everybody who writes right here, myself included, whereas coping with a cantankerous content material administration system. He has a eager eye for typos and errors, and he’s handled all of our overused phrases and recurring photo-shoot locales (ahem) with nary a criticism.

His efforts saved contemporary content material flowing every hour. I particularly admire his protection of the mornings – getting up that early to weblog is a thankless job. His means to work with Matt and our contributors to maintain the grind going whereas I labored/work on different initiatives can be a lot appreciated.

Whereas we’re bummed to see Steph cruise off into the sundown in his Cruze, fret not, TTAC reader. We’ll nonetheless have round 10 posts per day. We’re not going anyplace anytime quickly. We’ll even be trying to convey a subsequent prime newsbot aboard.

Particulars on that might be introduced subsequent week. That’s the long run – as we speak is about saying sayonara to Steph. His byline could pop up occasionally, however he’s shifting on from the information grind.

So do me a favor and ship him off in TTAC model, with loads of malaise-era Detroit iron, will ya?